Healthy Children and Young People

Active child wearing helmet and holding a bicycleThe Health Improvement Branch (Health Promotion) has been funded by the Australian Government National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health (NPAPH) for the Healthy Children's Initiative. This funding allows Health Promotion to build on its work under the ACT Government Healthy Kids, Healthy Future budget initiative (2009/11).

The aim is to deliver a range of preventive health initiatives that improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people aged from birth to 16 years living in the ACT.

The ACT Healthy Children’s Initiative 2011-2018

The ACT Healthy Children's Initiative includes a range of programs and campaigns reaching children and families across Canberra in various settings:

Early Childhood & Preschool

Kids at Play logo

Kids at Play aims to help early childhood education and care services for children aged birth to five years old and their parents/carers. It promotes and supports healthy eating and active play messages that will help guide children to be healthy throughout their lives. For more information contact or phone 6207 9525.

SchoolsRide or Walk to School logo

The Ride or Walk to School initiative is a partnership between ACT Health, the Education and Training Directorate and community partners. It aims to increase walking, cycling and use of public transport among school students in the ACT.

Fresh Tastes logo

Fresh Tastes is about embedding a culture of healthy food and drinks in ACT schools.

It’s Your Move (IYM) enables high school students to develop creative solutions to improving school health, using a ‘systems approach’ and a problem solving approach called design thinking. IYM is delivered by ACT Health in partnership with the ACT Education Directorate and contributes to the ACT Government Healthy Weight Initiative.

Sport and RecreationHealthy Food at Sport logo

Healthy Food@Sport is a partnership between ACT Health and the Economic Development Directorate (Sport and Recreation Services). The project aims to increase the availability of healthy food and drink choices at children's sport.

Contact Us

For further information about the Healthy Children’s team initiatives, please contact the Health Improvement Branch via email at

Other Health Activities

Lifestyle Triple P®

In recognition of a gap in services in the ACT to help families tackle childhood overweight and obesity, Health Promotion (Health Improvement Branch) funded a pilot of Lifestyle Triple P® within the 2010/12 budget years under the ACT Government Healthy Kids – Healthy Futures initiative. A summary of the key findings from the pilot evaluation is now available:

Lifestyle Triple P® in the ACT_ Key Pilot Findings December 2013SmartStart logo


SmartStart For Kids! was funded for program delivery until December 2013.

The Healthy Schools Network ACT is a collaboration of local government and not-for-profit organisations that actively promote health and wellbeing in ACT primary schools, secondary schools and earlyHealthy Schools Network logo childhood settings. The Healthy Schools Network ACT website provides a list of services, programs and resources for ACT primary and secondary schools.